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Daniel B. Whitt and Leif N. Thomas

mass is E ML = 1/2[ U ML ( t ) 2 + V ML ( t ) 2 ], the wind work is labeled WORK, the radiative/frictional damping is parameterized with a constant damping parameter r and labeled DAMP, and the remaining term represents the lateral shear production labeled LSP. LSP is nonzero when there is a time-integrated Reynolds stress and nonzero lateral shear ∂ u g /∂ y . As mentioned in section 2a , the time-integrated Reynolds stress in the unforced inviscid problem is zero when t is a multiple

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Daniel B. Whitt, Leif N. Thomas, Jody M. Klymak, Craig M. Lee, and Eric A. D’Asaro

not trace inertial circles but are instead elliptical and, for a given wave frequency, the direction of energy propagation is symmetric about the slope of isopycnals not the horizontal and approaches the isopycnal slope as the frequency nears ω min ( Mooers 1975 ; Whitt and Thomas 2013 ). This unusual wave physics can facilitate energy transfers between NIWs and balanced currents ( Thomas 2012 ) and allow for the formation of critical layers along the sloping isopycnals of fronts ( Whitt and

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